Shari Elessar, the founder of Back on Track Mediation, is a member of both Florida and New York bars, a former wall street commercial litigator at Cravath for four years, and former in-house counsel managing litigation at multibillion-dollar corporations such as Blyth, Inc. and Suffolk Construction. Shari also practiced as General Counsel managing the assets and litigation for a Palm Beach real estate mogul. As an entrepreneur, Shari spearheaded the growth of ApparelMagic, a B2B cloud software ERP, into national recognition (serving as a full equity partner managing the non-coding operational side, such as sales, marketing, finance, PR and human resources). Her legal expertise includes business, software, consumer products, real estate, construction and employment law. In addition to helping people try to resolve their differences through mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Shari enjoys lecturing at Palm Beach State college, coaching at Nova law school, working with the federal courts in their Civil Discourse outreach program with local teens and volunteering as a guardian ad litem.
In 2019, Shari’s team received the prestigious Inns of Court local regional Cup, which she accepted on behalf of her team as the group leader, which recognized her pupillage group for its outreach, ethics and professionalism.
Shari’s articles on mediation may be found in the Common Ground, the Alternative Dispute Resolution’s bi-annual publication for the Florida Bar. Her column, Tips from the Masters, represents the mediator’s guide to successful mediation. Her goal as a mediator is to help attorneys and clients alike pursue every opportunity for positive resolution, and ensure that every voice is heard.
Shari graduated from Cornell University, summa cum laude, studied overseas at Oxford University and earned her legal degree from the University of Chicago law school.